DALLAS’S GIFT FOR CELEBRATING WITH STYLE ABOUNDS IN FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS By Holly Haber
The Dallas Arboretum The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden fields a wildly popular pumpkin fest each fall followed by spectacular Christmas displays. This year’s Autumn at the Arboretum, which runs through Oct. 31, features 100,000plus gourds arrayed in a “Fall Fairy Tale” theme that brings to life such classics as “Cinderella” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” With 50,000 marigolds, chrysanthemums, dahlias, and more abloom, the garden and pumpkin village present ideal tableaus for photographing children and other loved ones amid a bounty of vibrant hues. Then, Holiday at the Arboretum debuts Nov. 10 with a panoply of lit trees, monumental decorations, and activities day and night throughout the garden’s 66 acres. The centerpiece is a German-inspired Christmas Village that boasts a hand-carved rotating pyramid like the ones that grace main squares annually throughout Germany. Sip hot chocolate or mulled wine and sit in the gloaming accompanied by a waterfall serenade, and bring the kids to visit Santa. A signature of the arboretum’s holiday festivities are the dozen 25-foot-high illuminated gazebos that represent each verse of “The 12 Days of Christmas” with twirling figures. The gazebos are arranged on a paved pathway that winds through the gardens. Inside the property’s historic DeGolyer House, “The Artistry of of Faith & Culture” displays an array of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa decorations. Most days and evenings feature live music, 34 4 8
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NorthPark’s iconic Santa and sleigh A scene from the Trains at NorthPark
and a 50-foot tree projects colorful illuminated patterns set to holiday tunes. The garden’s fall and holiday celebrations both feature afternoon tea service. See dallasarboretum.com for the schedule, including Santa appearances.
NorthPark Center Renowned for museum-quality art and innovative landscaping, NorthPark Center is more than a shopping destination. The upscale mall serves in many ways as a community center, and that is particularly true in the weeks after Thanksgiving, when artful decorations, events, and performances attract thousands.
The arboretum’s Pumpkin Village
Christmas Village at the arboretum at night